By Kelly Lin – Words Brandon Lim – Photos – MotorTrends
The Toyota RAV4 dominates the sales charts, but we’ve spent enough time behind the wheel to know it’s a middling competitor in its segment. Although we’ve praised its stylish cabin and abundant safety features, we’re quite unimpressed with its chassis and powertrain. Fortunately, the RAV4 Hybrid changes the narrative, correcting many of the gas RAV4’s flaws, all while delivering 40 mpg.
RAV4 Hybrid Design
We’d argue the RAV4 is one of the most attractive vehicles in its segment. Eschewing the bulbous look of many competitors, the RAV4 features chiseled lines and strong, squared-off corners. Our XSE Hybrid tester is particularly stylish, sporting black accents all around the exterior, including the fender arches, rocker panels, and roof. Eighteen-inch black wheels complete the look, giving this RAV4 a lot more presence than your average mainstream compact SUV.